Another black man was chased, beaten, and executed by the police. It’s a familiar story, but this one adds another twist: Eric Harris was shot accidentally by reserve deputy Robert Bates.
Bates, 73, accidentally shot Eric Harris on Thursday, according to Maj. Shannon Clark, after Harris — the subject of an undercover gun and ammunition buy by the Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force — fled from arrest and then fought with a deputy who tackled him. Bates, Clark said, thought he was holding a stun gun when he pulled the trigger.
thought he was holding a stun gun when he pulled the trigger…how does that kind of poorly trained, absurdly incompetent arse get on a police force, and even handed a deadly weapon? This is where the story gets even worse. He bought his way in.
Bates apparently is not alone as both a donor and reserve deputy. While the Sheriff’s Office has not released its full roster, Clark said other wealthy donors are among the agency’s 130 reserve deputies.
“There are lots of wealthy people in the reserve program,” he said. “Many of them make donations of items. That’s not unusual at all.”
Bates has donated multiple vehicles, guns and stun guns to the Sheriff’s Office since he became a reserve deputy in 2008, Clark said. The Sheriff’s Office did not have an itemized list of donations made by Bates available Monday and deferred that question to the county commissioners’ office, which tracks those items.
Holy crap. This is a thing? Rich people can buy a gun, donate it to the police department, and then get a badge that allows them to hunt black people? Having lots of money is sufficient qualification to get yourself on the police force? And the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t see a problem with this?
Swaggering fools who want the ‘glory’ of being a mightily armed cop are precisely the kind of people you least want to employ in this job. My respect for the police just dropped again — I’m going to have to start digging a hole for it. Apparently, 73 year old insurance executives are indistinguishable from the cops.